Inspiration for an upcoming spring project. Love this new Clarke & Clarke Matador Collection!

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We love how this kitchen was transformed using bright and uplifting color… a reflection of the family that lives in this home.

Research has proven that certain colors will elicit certain emotions.

But…there are so many variables involved when specifying color.
One of the first questions we always ask our clients is “How do you want to feel in your space?”

We start by grouping colors as Cool versus Warm:

Cool colors are purples, blues and green – We have experience with these colors as having healing and calming influences and are stress-reducing.

Warm colors – reds, oranges and yellows – tend to induce excitement, increase blood pressure but can also cause fatigue without the balance of cool colors.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see how we design with warm versus cool colors to evoke different emotions.

 

                                                                                                                
Our interiors are designed to be highly personal.  We ensure that you’re surrounded with design that’s meaningful and represents you authentically—so that you’ll thrive.   Give us a call or email us.  We’d love to get to know you and help you create an uplifting environment.

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I recently read a statistic that said the highest population of baby boomers live in Califorina.   It should really comes as no surprise.  As we age, we naturally yearn for more natural sunlight…simply because it makes us feel better.

So, if you don’t live on the West Coast, here are a few easy tips as to how you can maximize the comfort and performance in your home from lighting expert Mariana Figueiro.

  • Lighting on a task area surface should be brighter than the surrounding space
  • Minimize glare by curbing the use of glossy materials
  • Lighting so shadows are “softer” (ones that don’t cast harsh shadows)
  • Balance light levels in an area
  • To keep circadian rhythms in sync: during the daytime hours (or at
    least for 2 hours in the morning) increase light levels and use bluish white for at least 2 hrs in the
    morning.”  In addition,  during the evening hours decrease light levels and use lights with a wam yellowish tint.

I can sometimes tolerate a room without windows on a dreary day but on a sunny day… it’s unbearable!  Most people tend to gravitate to the areas of their homes that provide them with the most sunlight and the best views.
Why?  Because it’s been repeatedly proven that natural light is healing – stress levels decrease and mental energy is replenished in spaces that provide natural light and provide views of nature.
Do you have a favorite place in your home where you can thrive?

                                                                                                             

Our interiors are designed to be highly personal.  We ensure that you’re surrounded with design that’s meaningful and represents you authentically — so that you’ll thrive.  Give us a call or email us.  

We’d love to get to know you and help you create an uplifting environment.

“Art is how we decorate space; music is how we decorate time”.

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Photo Sourced from Soundwall.com

I saw this quote online and it really
resonated with me.  My kids are always amazed at how I can
remember the year and exactly where I was whenever we hear a song from the 80’s
or 90’s.

One of our recent favorite finds is called
Soundwall. Soundwall is art that also happens to be
a speaker.

Made of “specially –crafted aluminum, Soundwall generates a natural and uniform sound throughout your space”.  You can even stream music to it.

One of the reasons we love it is because it
touches on several of our Wellness Design Principles: in this case Sensory Elements , but also
Lighting.  (yup, it can also be illuminated from behind).

                                                                                                          

Our interiors are designed to be highly personal.  We ensure that you’re surrounded with design that’s meaningful and represents you authentically — so that you’ll thrive.  Give us a call or email us.  

We’d love to get to know you and help you create an uplifting environment.

According to  a recent article in newsblaze.com, one of the trends that will influence US Homes in 2017 is titled “Modern Vintage”.  They describe it as “contemporary furniture based on vintage styles”.  This is not a trend likely to go away anytime soon.  It includes items that have natural textures and are also durable, such as abaca, cane and rattan.

Newsblaze goes on to say “the desire to make the best possible use of natural and sustainable resources makes sense in the context of how popular upcycling and
repurposing has become.  Indeed, it may mean that 2017 becomes known as a revitalizing game changer in terms of what has become the throwaway society.”

I love this trend because it really allows you to layer personality into any project.  (it also happens to strengthen our Design Principal #5: nature and sustainability!)

A few of our favorite websites for these kinds of finds are Chairish, 1st Dibs and Serena and Lily.

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I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions….personally or professionally.

2017 just feels different.

This year I will focus on what resonates most with my clients and myself and that is the idea of designing for wellness.

When we’re in spaces that are designed to fit us perfectly, we feel, relate and live well.   These are spaces that let us function at our highest level, make us feel great and let us thrive.

It has been proven that healthier lives are lived in healthier spaces.

Our monthly newsletters and weekly postings will continue to reinforce our focus by touching on six design principles that collectively elevate a space:

  • Lighting
  • Color
  • Space
  • Sensory Elements
  • Nature & Sustainability
  • Livable Design (aka Universal Design)

These principles are rooted in research on how design can make us feel, relate and live well in our surroundings.

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest as we share how you may apply these principles to your own environment.

Because everyone deserves a space where they can thrive.

                                                                                                                

Our interiors are designed to be highly personal.  We ensure that you’re surrounded with design that’s meaningful and represents you authentically—so that you’ll thrive.
Give us a call or email us.
We’d love to get to know you and help you create an uplifting environment.